SINGAPORE - Symantec today announced the company has expanded its encryption solution set with the introduction of Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS, which enables mobile workers to view encrypted email on an Apple iPad, iPhone, or iTouch, and a new version of Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition. This new version features management capabilities for Opal-compliant, self-encrypting hard drives, allowing organisations to oversee hybrid environments involving hardware and software-based encryption solutions deployed in tandem.
In addition, PGP Universal Server from Symantec, the company’s encryption and key management server, is scheduled to be integrated with Symantec Protection Center (SPC) 2.0. Symantec Protection Center integrates Symantec and third party products which enables an organisation to improve visibility into their critical business assets. For example, from the same management console organisations can identify which endpoints are missing full disk encryption and additionally have anti-virus definitions that are out of date.
Symantec provides a variety of encryption solutions for organisations of all sizes seeking to protect their proprietary information against data breaches. Its integrated and comprehensive line of encryption product offerings include full disk encryption, device control, removable storage, email, network, and server solutions. They are available for a wide range of target platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, UNIX, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and soon the Apple iOS.
Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS is planned to provide employees of organisations with PGP Universal Server in place with the ability to read encrypted messages on their preferred Apple iOS devices. For example, executive team members can receive and view encrypted copies of a sales report with assurance that both its privacy and security are intact. Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS is an Apple iOS application scheduled to be available for download from the Apple App Store. Once installed, users will be able to access their email through the standard iOS Mail application. After receiving an encrypted email or an email with a PGP encrypted attachment, the user has the option to seamlessly view the message and attachment using the viewer.
Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition offers organisations a software-based solution for protecting hard drives from unauthorized access. The latest version is scheduled to provide organizations with the ability to simultaneously manage hardware-based encryption solutions such as the new Opal-compliant self-encrypting drives. Defined by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), Opal standards allow manufacturers to design self-encrypting storage devices capable of automatically securing and erasing data in milliseconds, letting companies reuse the drives more easily.
Symantec Protection Center 2.0 is a centralised security management console which enables organisations to identify emerging threats, prioritize tasks and accelerate time to protection based on relevant, actionable intelligence. It offers a consolidated view across the Symantec security portfolio and third-party products through three levels of integration including single sign-on, data collection and process automation. It delivers context-aware security management by associating events from enterprise security products along with early warning alerts from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network, one of the world’s leading commercial cyber-intelligence communities.
The Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is scheduled to be available on the App Store later this year. An organisation must be utilising the PGP Universal Server from Symantec for key management in order for its users to be able to use the viewer. The latest version of Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition will be available in the second half of 2011.